do what you love: HOW TO START A holistic side hustle
We hope our workshop inspired you to get up and get going!
Now it's your turn to talk. Share your ideas, share your business name, share your plans with anyone who will listen, and filter all that advice through your own wisdom.
Don't be afraid of failure, it will happen and then you'll regroup.
Laena and Ami want to help you succeed. Contact us when you hit roadblocks or goldmines, as we can help you navigate both.
Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us to talk about your next steps. Remember, you’re not alone. There are resources and comrades all around you, but you need to ask. And you can follow us on Instagram if you want to stay abreast of our adventures.
HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL RESOURCES...
BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES in NYC
What kind of support are you looking for?
If you need lean, holistic-savvy experts to help you with general startup tasks, or for specific areas of development such as writing a business plan, for-profit fund-raising, marketing, public relations or sales, our posse of business consultant-coaches, lawyers, brokers, and graphic designers can help you. Contact us, and we'll connect you with the experts most relevant to your needs.
There are also free, or mostly free, taxpayer funded city organizations that offer free (you already paid for them with your taxes) help with starting your business. As you may have heard us say, these are usually staffed by octogenarians who do not have much relevant support for the nitty-gritty needs of a lean, holistic 21st century startup. What are they good for? They often know what city permits or licenses you may need, and if you want to know the old fashioned advice of how to establish a business, they are great for that too.
WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN
The button below is a formal, legal, traditional business plan. This is the form you'll need if you need equity investment. If you want to start with a simple Holistic Hustle Canvas, like the one we completed in the workshop, HERE is the PDF. If you need help writing a legit multi-page Business Plan, there are consultants who can help you for a nominal fee. We can direct you to ones that don't suck.
ESTIMATING A STARTUP BUDGET
Startup costs can seem daunting and overwhelming, but taking the time to create an accurate startup budget now, really gives your business the best chance of succeeding in the future. It also allows you to evaluate your fundraising needs, and to accurately and honestly structure (or restructure) your first steps in establishing your business.
Startup costs typically fall within two categories: monthly, recurrent costs, and one-time costs. Monthly costs cover expenses that are incurred each month, year, or quarter on a recurring basis (such as insurance, employee salaries, lease payments, utilities). One-time costs are expenses that are incurred only once during the startup period (permits, lawyer fees, LLC fees, computer equipment, consultant fees). Be totally honest and include all the little things, because they add up.
To fill out this spreadsheet, determine the number of months the startup period will cover. Next, enter the applicable costs into their respective cells. The total amounts will automatically populate based on the embedded formulas. Once completed, you will be able to view an itemized list of your business’ startup costs. An example startup budget is also included to help guide you through the process.
CHOOSING AND PROTECTING YOUR NAME
Step 1 of starting a business: choose a unique name to operate under. Unless you operate under your own personal name, you'll need to register your business name to protect it. Do your research and make sure that your name is unique. If it is not, you will most likely receive a cease and desist order from the business whose trademark you are infringing. This is bad, this means you will be legally forced to change your name or pay a licensing fee to that business. While trademarking is not necessary until you are sure your business will be taking in income, you should search the US trademark website to make sure that your chosen business name is unique and not trademarked. The SBA has more info on this, or contact us if you want an introduction to our helpful, super nice trademark lawyer.
CHOOSING A BUSINESS ENTITY (MAKING IT LEGAL)
Step 2 of doing business: establish a legal business entity. This required in the US if you want to charge money for your products or services (taking in more than $600 annually). This US Small Business Administration website helps outline the basic entities.
GET THE RIGHT PERMITS + LICENSES + INSURANCE
The United States Small Business Administration offers a helpful and newly designed website to guide folks like yourselves who are starting a business through the steps that are necessary. Their permits and licenses section is particularly helpful, as well as their insurance section.
Why work with a broker versus just buying insurance directly from an agency? Because they will tell you what specific types you need, and if you sell products or services you will need them to issue a verified document called a "COI" or "certificate of insurance", which is a document used to provide information on your specific insurance coverage and is required every time you work with a new vendor.
Contact us if you want to be connected (i.e., an introductory email), to reputable brokers (we're big fans of ours!).
REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS, Start Making + Tracking $$
The rules that govern how you register your business will differ depending on what type (LLC, SCorp, Corp, etc) of business you choose to legally form. But whatever you do, you need a federal and state tax ID. The SBA offers more info on this.
You need to use some type of accounting software when you start out. This business software blog, Capterra, has a helpful overview of the different products available.